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Lyn Jones rallies London Welsh after heartbreaking Gloucester defeat
There is nothing we can do in terms of the appeal, but when we are on the field we can do something about it, which is what I keep telling the players. Can we win the four games? Potentially, we can.
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Lyn Jones urged London Welsh to keep believing after a late Freddie Burns penalty saw them defeated at Gloucester.
The bottom side appeared on course for a shock win at Kingsholm when they led 14-6 with less than 20 minutes to play, but Burns capped a home fightback with a winning kick which leaves the Exiles five points adrift at the bottom with our games to play.
The imminent verdict on the club's appeal against a five-point deduction now looks key to their survival hopes, but Jones will keep plugging away.
He said: "When I joined London Welsh I said there wasn't an experience in rugby that I hadn't come across, but I was wrong. What is going on is another test that is energy-sapping.
"We just to try to keep our focus on what we can influence, which is results and the scoreboard. We need to keep believing.
"When you are a professional sportsman, 80% of the time is dealing with rejection and disappointment, and you have to have a mental toughness to deal with that.
"There is nothing we can do in terms of the appeal, but when we are on the field we can do something about it, which is what I keep telling the players. Can we win the four games? Potentially, we can."
Gloucester remain on course for a play-off place, and rugby director Nigel Davies said: "I am relieved at getting the four points.
"London Welsh made it very difficult for us, which we knew they would. They had a real cause today, and they represented that cause very well.
"Every point at this stage of the season is vitally important. If we can win our next four games we will probably be in the top four."Aviva Premiership. Click here to bet.
|Saturday 29th November|
|15:00||Leicester Tigers vs Wasps|
|16:30||Exeter vs Saracens|
|Sunday 30th November|
|13:00||London Irish vs Gloucester|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Northampton|
|15:15||Newcastle Falcons vs Sale Sharks|
|Saturday 20th December|
|14:00||Sale vs Exeter|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Bath|
|15:00||Saracens vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Northampton vs Leicester|
|Sunday 21st December|
|14:00||Wasps vs London Irish|
|Friday 26th December|
|15:00||London Irish vs London Welsh|
|Saturday 27th December|
|14:00||Sale vs Leicester|
|15:00||Bath vs Exeter|
|15:00||Newcastle vs Saracens|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Wasps|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Northampton|
|Saturday 3rd January|
|15:00||Exeter vs Gloucester|
|15:00||Saracens vs London Irish|
|15:00||Leicester vs Bath|
|15:00||Northampton vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 4th January|
|14:00||Wasps vs Sale|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 10th January|
|14:00||Sale vs Northampton|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Saracens|
|Friday 28th November|
|Bath 25 - 6 Harlequins|
|Sunday 23rd November|
|London Welsh 5 - 26 Leicester Tigers|
|Saracens 24 - 31 Northampton|
|Saturday 22nd November|
|London Irish 23 - 33 Bath|
|Exeter 31 - 15 Wasps|
|Friday 21st November|
|Newcastle Falcons 20 - 10 Gloucester|
|Harlequins 12 - 16 Sale Sharks|
|Sunday 16th November|
|Wasps 71 - 7 London Welsh|
|Leicester Tigers 21 - 21 Saracens|
|Saturday 15th November|
|Bath 23 - 14 Newcastle Falcons|
|Sale Sharks 36 - 8 London Irish|
|Friday 14th November|
|Gloucester 15 - 22 Harlequins|
|Northampton 18 - 24 Exeter|
|Sunday 12th October|
|Wasps 29 - 22 Bath|
|Saturday 11th October|
|Northampton 43 - 10 Sale Sharks|
|Saracens 28 - 21 Gloucester|
|Exeter 44 - 24 London Irish|
|London Welsh 3 - 23 Newcastle|
|Friday 10th October|
|Leicester 22 - 16 Harlequins|
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